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Pascoe & Holmgren: Land & Culture

Well, what a night! Thank you to everyone who came along to Land Cultures to hear Bruce and David tell stories and share knowledges and experiences. The Daylesford Town Hall was packed with keen punters of all ages. If you weren’t able to make it, we’ll share the podcast and video as soon as they’re available. For now, here are a few photos that capture the wonderful spirit of the night. Thank you Oliver Holmgren for the pics and thank you to the Hepburn Relocalisation Network for organising the event with the support of the Hepburn Shire Council.

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A traditional smoking ceremony

 

Graham Atkinson says Womin-dji-ka (welcome) to Dja Dja Wurrung country

 

Packed to the rafters.

Patrick Jones MCs the proceedings.

 

Pete O’Mara addresses the crowd

 

Bruce and David with their partners Lyn and Su.

 

David responds to Bruce

 

A full house

Thank you to Mike Brown, Cameron Saunders and Anthony Petrucci for recording the talks and Q&A session afterwards. Here is the podcast for those who couldn’t make it on the night, or for those who’d like to relive it:

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Mawson and Oliver, forced to part

SunkenLads-3-of-31Like all the good stories, it has to come to an end. Being avid readers of the ‘Sunken Miles’ photo journal, we found it a bit of surprise that Oliver Holmgren’s sojourn up north (to the very tip) came to an abrupt end last week. Oliver had left his home heading up to Cape York on his trusty Kawasaki KLR motorcycle, he affectionately called Mawson (after his distant relative, of the Antarctic exploration fame). Reading his blog has been a treat for us, but unexpectedly, we found that the great journey had come to an end. Oliver and Mawson both became ill at the same time, Oliver has recovered but Mawson’s problems are more serious.

Oliver writes;

Waking on Tuesday morning, I had a very difficult decision to make. What should I do with the bike considering what I saw last night?

I don’t know how or what wore the cam chain, but I am pretty sure it will have worn everything the oil is in contact with. Some how dust has got into the oil, it seems.

The reality of all this is that, without pulling the whole thing apart, I just don’t know how much wear has occurred. I have to assume lots. There just isn’t any sense paying a bike shop to change the cam gears and chain knowing what I do. I am at a difficult cross roads. What do I do with the bike?

After talking with my parents a bit and thinking I decided to freight the bike back to Vic where I may swap out the engine in my own time in my workshop.

So, I took the plunge and found a company to freight the bike home.

And so, quite unexpectedly, the Sunken Miles journey comes to a close.

I am standing here blinking, in shock how quickly it has all come to an end. Less than 24 hours from the problem to it being gone on a truck. What a crazy set of events.

It has been an amazing journey and I am very grateful of the experiences, challenges and lessons it has thrown up.

Mawson got me to Cape York and back out. I am glad that it has happened this way rather than in some remote place.

I have done my very best to keep the bike functioning despite the harsh conditions. I managed to ride my bike for just on half a year in some very challenging conditions time and time again without injury and for that alone I am very happy. The fact that the bike is in poor shape and I am well is much better than the other way around.

(From “An unexpected end” in Oliver’s Sunken Miles blog)

Sunken-End-1-of-1-1024x682By his counting, he and Mawson travelled over 16,266 km in 175 days through some of the most rugged terrains on the continent.  His blog traced his journey from Victoria up the Great Dividing Range to the northernmost tip of Australia, and back to Cairns, through his journal and breathtaking photos. Thanks for the great ride Ol (and Mawson).

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Zen and the art of motor (re)cycling

The Buchan Caves Reserve

The Buchan Caves Reserve

It is quite challenging for us techo retarded office types to get through the day without consulting our tech support crew. From “download” problems, to missing photo files, a whole year of lost emails, and the odd misplaced invoice. When we get stuck, who will we call?

In case you are wondering, the state of our tech structure is in a quite precarious state since our resident tech guy, Oliver Holmgren left for his motorcycle adventure up north. While he is on the road, he is keeping in touch through his blog Sunken Miles. Reading his report has been a treat for us with his renowned photographs and carefully chosen words. No wonder he calls his motorcycle Mawson (after an Australian antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson to whom Oliver is distantly related).

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